A team from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea competed against 800 over 55-year-olds to take part in the 2017 Better Club Games; an Olympic-style event for older people that was held at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday 10th November 2017.
The annual event was run by Better, the consumer facing brand of charitable social enterprise GLL. It was hosted for the fourth time at the former 2012 Olympic venue. The event aims to encourage older people to become more active and to highlight the social and physical benefits that sporting activities can offer to individuals of all ages.
Participants took part in ten sports including walking football, badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, timed cycle, timed swim, walking football and dominoes. Proudly representing their borough, the Kensington and Chelsea team tested their sporting prowess and skill against 22 borough and district teams hailing from neighbouring boroughs such as Barnet, Camden and Hammersmith and Fulham, and as far afield as Cambridge, West Oxfordshire and Rugby.
Kensington and Chelsea’s team, made up of 30 participants, had a very respectable mid table finish and excelled in the swimming, short tennis and bowls. The team thoroughly enjoyed a day of tough competition and showed fantastic team spirit at the world class sporting venues. Defending champions Team Greenwich ended up retaining their title ahead of runners-up Epsom and Ewell and third-placed Reigate and Banstead.
Former Olympic medallist, javelin World Champion and ‘I’m a celebrity…’ star Fatima Whitbread was the guest of honour and officially opened The Games.
Fatima Whitbread said: “Everyone here obviously wants to do well and give it their best, but it’s also about the camaraderie. It’s a great way of bringing people together and is a nice social activity as well as a sporting one.”
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at GLL, said: “As GLL is the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run the Better Games and to celebrate the benefits that regular physical activity and an active lifestyle can bring to both mental and physical health, whatever your age.”